The Young Researchers’ Forum 2012
Violation of Individual Rights of Persons from Plantation Sector in Obtaining Personal Documents: A Case Study from the Badulla District
Brief Background of the Problem
It is a common scenario in the plantation sector that at least 25% or more of the peopleare neither not in a position of Personal Documents, most importantly Birth certificates.There are two methods adopted by the government to register the birth, death and toprovide NICs. Due to the non availability of personal documents many of the youths,including the adults do not have the right to vote, to obtain a proper employment,difficult to obtain the services and welfare facilities provided by the state.Compensation, rights of land and property, to enter in to schools and educationschemes are among them.
Core Argument in Brief
The one of the main reasons not to be in possession of the personal documents isbecause of the structure of the plantation sector and the current laws and proceduresrelated to personal documents. The method used for the registration of birth in theplantation sector is different from the other and the process is more difficult compared
to the other. It’s discriminatory that the citizens of one state treated in two different
methods, with regard to the same service. Thus the procedure makes it morecomplicated to obtain those documents and due to the collapse of the original estatemechanism, i.e. closure of the estates, which made it difficult to track the history ofrecords due to loss of records.